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Recent US copyright judgments are a major win for the music industry

You may recall the infamous lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye’s estate against Robin Thicke and Pharrell over their 2013 song Blurred Lines (for those who do not you can read more here). The decision in the Blurred Lines lawsuit was a major blow to the music industry. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that although Blurred Lines and Got To Give It Up did not share the same melody, lyrics or even underlying…
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Spider Man PS5 game caught in the web of YouTube copyright disputes

Sony’s recent announcement that its long-awaited PS5 games console would be launched before the end of the year has been met with much excitement – enhanced by the very real possibility that staying will indeed become the new going out. One of the titles fans are particularly looking forward to is the latest instalment in the Spider Man franchise: Spider Man: Miles Morales. In fact, such was the buzz that the title’s announcement created, that…
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Classic Copyright Cases – Ice Ice Baby

It is that time again, another Classic Copyright Caseä from yours truly. I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the gradual descent into insanity which I am sure has been these past two months. At least the lockdown is gradually being relaxed so sit tight and enjoy these charming blogs in the meantime. This week I am going to talk about a song we have all heard – Vanilla Ice’s seminal 1990 track…
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Startups and IP: 3 key things to think about

For some startups intellectual property is their main and the most valuable asset, and therefore it is extremely important to take care of their IP. Here are the 3 key things to think about to ensure you properly protect your IP and safeguard the value of your business: 1. Identify what IP you have and what you need to do protect it There are several types of intellectual property rights: · Copyright · Trade Marks…
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PHOTOGRAPHER COMES OUT ON TOP IN ‘WOLF’ COPYRIGHT CASE

In 2014, fashion brand Antonia Marras put nearly 50 looks on the runway during Milan Fashion Week. The theme for the collection was ‘the wolf and the moon’ and many of the pieces bore an image of a wolf which had been taken by photographer Daniel J. Cox. Marras never obtained permission from Cox to use the wolf image and Cox subsequently issued court proceedings in Italy for infringement of the copyright in the photograph.…
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